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Warning to Oxon Hill resident: your backyard is unsafe
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OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- An elderly Oxon HIll widow has been told by Prince George's County officials to stay out of her backyard and to hire a geotechnical engineer because of a mysterious seven-foot- deep sinkhole that has opened on her property

Seventy-eight-year-old WWII refugee Lucie Webner is beside herself with worry now because she says she cannot afford the help.

"I don't have no place to go," Webner said.

Neighbor Sheila Fagan asked why if officials have declared the property unsafe they won't assist Webner on an emergency basis.

County spokesperson Sue Hubbard says inspectors have determined there are no public utilities anywhere near the sinkhole which makes the situation the responsibility of the property owner.

The sinkhole that opened last week is at least the third that has appeared on the property in the past decade, Webner said. She said neighbors had to rescue her from another hole two years ago when she fell in while investigating.

Webner lives alone with her Siberian husky and fears letting her dog out into the yard.

"That dog is all I have. She is everything to me," Webner said.

The foundation of Webner's home is stable and the house is safe to live in, Hubbard said.

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